Norway's Stavkirker, an exceptional wooden heritage
The Stavkirker (literally: end-wooden churches) are one of the most elaborate examples of wooden buildings in northwestern Europe during the Middle Ages.
Their definition is due to the particular construction technique: poles or posts (end timbers) are used to support the roof and the elevation of the nave, but also to raise the walls.
Examples still dot the Norwegian landscape: 28 churches are still visible out of about 1300 that could be counted in the Middle Ages, in the whole of north-western Europe.
They are a mixture of European, Middle Eastern and old Scandinavian local architectural traditions.